Friday, December 27, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Mark C. For Writing Review of a Cellphone-Mate 65db Adjustable Gain Wireless Amplifier- EFLEX-65 [800/1900mhz]

Congrats to Mark C. of Easton, Maryland who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cellphone-Mate 65db Adjustable Gain Wireless Amplifier- EFLEX-65 [800/1900mhz] at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Mark C.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

I had an indoor cell signal from 1 to 2 bars before installing this system, after the install I now have a 4 to 5 bar signal with no dropped calls. This has allowed me to cancel my Verizon land line at $60.00 a month and install the Verizon Home Connect service which allows me to keep my home number but uses Verizon Wireless as a carrier @ $24.00 a month with all of the same home phone services & features. These savings will pay for the cell booster system in less than a year.


Analyst says Verizon should win Network Neutrality case against FCC



Stifel Nicolaus analyst Christopher King believes that Verizon will win against the FCC in court over network neutrality rules. The ruling should set a standard for industry pricing and services and dictate “if” specific providers could pay for an premium lane across the Internet to deliver services faster. Originally the FCC filed to bar Internet service providers from blocking specific Internet content or slowing down websites that don’t pay premium fee’s for faster access. King says "We believe Verizon and other telco and cable providers could gain new latitude to seek new premium (paid prioritization) deals with Internet edge/content companies," in a report earlier this week. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler might be forced to rewrite the agency’s Net Neutrality rules based on the court's decision, which could affect today’s “Open Internet” as we know it where all sites are treated equal.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Peplink Public Beta 6.1.0 available

 
Recently Peplink released firmware build 6.1.0 which is in public beta stage one for customers. This version of firmware adds a lot of new features that customers have demanded for some time. Below you’ll find a list of all the new features supported in the latest release and which models they can be found on. The firmware is in beta right now so we don’t recommend running this as full time production software due to potential bugs, but this will be great for any companies that have additional Peplink/Pepwave boxes they could do testing on. 3Gstore can’t provide any technical support on beta firmware either because of potential bugs and will only offer support after a final build is released and certified for production environments. 

PepVPN/SpeedFusion:
  • Pep VPN Support added for Balance 20/30 units
  • SpeedFusion Performance Analyzer - Balance 20/30/210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG, Max BR1, Max 700/HD2, Surf SOHO
  • NAT mode - 20/30/210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG, Max BR1, Max 700/HD2, Surf SOHO
  • X.509 Certificate Support - Balance 210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG (SpeedFusion version only), Max BR1 (Feature Unlock), Max 700/HD2
AP Controller:
  • AP Controller Free - Balance 20/30, Max 700/HD2
  • AP Controller Pro - Balance 305/380/580/710/1350/2500
  • Rogue AP Reporting - Balance 20/30/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max 700/HD2
  • WiFi usage statistics - Balance 20/30/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max 700/HD2
Captive Portal Support:
  • Support for wired/wireless LAN clients - Balance 210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG (Load Balance/SpeedFusion modems) Max BR1, Max 700/HD2
  • Support Radius Authentication - Balance 210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG (Load Balance/SpeedFusion modems) Max BR1, Max 700/HD2
  • Support LDAP Authentication - Balance 305/380/580/710/1350/2500
  • Time and usage quotas on Open Access mode - Balance 210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG (Load Balance/SpeedFusion modems) Max BR1, Max 700/HD2
  • Built-in customizable splash page - Balance 210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG (Load Balance/SpeedFusion modems) Max BR1, Max 700/HD2
IPSec VPN:
  • Connect on demand mode - Balance 20/30/210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG, Max BR1, Max 700/HD2
  • X.509 Certificate Support - Balance 20/30 (Feature unlock), Balance 210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG (SpeedFusion model), Max BR1 (Feature Unlock), Max 700/HD2
Routing:
  • OSPF and RIPv2 Support - Balance 305/380/580/710/1350/2500
  • VLAN on LAN Support - Balance 20/30/210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG, Max BR1, Max 700/HD2
Cloud Management:
  • Fleet Management - Max BR1, Max HD2
Misc:
  • Static IP support for PPPoE - Balance 20/30/210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG, Max BR1, Max 700/HD2, Surf SOHO
  • Extended DHCP Option support - Balance 20/30/210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG, Max BR1, Max 700/HD2, Surf SOHO
  • Add VRRP HA Support - Max 700/HD2
  • SNMP MIB Enhancement - Balance 20/30/210/310/305/380/580/710/1350/2500, Max OTG, Max BR1, Max 700/HD2, Surf SOHO
 
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Softbank nears acquisition of T-Mobile



 
According to Reuters SoftBank Corp is in the final stages of acquisition talk with T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom. Earlier this year SoftBank already purchased 80 percent of Sprint and plans to pay for T-Mobile by using a portion of Sprint shares acquired in the merger. The deal is estimated to be worth more than $19 billion and SoftBanks goal is to have Sprint buy the majority of T-Mobile shares for control of the company. Nikkei news service says that SoftBank has thought of a stock swap but are also adding a tender offer and other kinds of deals as a backup plan. Sprint has been interested in combining their network wtih T-Mobile for years and both companies have said a consolidation is needed within the U.S. wireless market to create a stronger rival to Verizon and AT&T.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

T-Mobile Uncarrier Phase 4, may pay your ETF to switch

Over the last 6 months T-Mobile has been quite disruptive to the larger carriers like Verizon and AT&T by introducing easy upgrade paths and free international data roaming. In a recent tweet John Legere says “Time to eliminate another customer pain point? Time for Uncarrier 4? Yes it’s time! Stay tuned… Happy New Year”. Other sources indicate that this statement is regarding their plan to give families a large credit if they switch over to T-Mobile from another carrier. The credit amount should be up to $350 and geared for families with up to 5 lines with existing contracts. Customers would receive a credit when they trade their smartphone in and get the ETF credit after they submit their final bill to T-Mobile. Uncarrier Phase 4 is rumored to be announced on January 8th at CES, which will occur long before Sprint or Dish start bidding to acquire them.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Peplink announces the Balance One Dual-Band 802.11N Router



Today Peplink has announced the new Balance One router designed specifically for SMB and Branch networking. Details are scarce at this time but the unit will have two WAN connections for traditional DSL/Cable and one active USB port for cellular failover or load balancing. Unlike other Balance models this unit will feature 8 Gigabit LAN connections and 1Gbps of throughput within the WAN interface. Possibly the biggest addition to this specific model will be dual-band 802.11n for companies that want 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi. This is the first Balance model to support WiFi, all other models would require an additional AP like the AP One unit.

The Balance One also supports Captive Portal capability so if you operate on a commercial space you can create a walled garden for customers that want to connect to your WiFi network. This allows you to keep track of individual users on your network and make sure they agree to your terms and you’ll have the ability to block them from any sites you don’t want on your network. In addition you can combine your WiFi networks with their Outbound Policy Management tools to make sure any guest or networks not essential to day to day operations only operate on primary connections and not more expensive backup links. The Balance One also supports SpeedFusion capability to establish a secure VPN to branch offices or telecommuting employees using entry level Surf SOHO units.


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Cutler F. For Writing Review of a Pepwave MAX BR1 Router With Embedded Verizon 3G/4G Modem

Congrats to Cutler F. of Breckenridge, Colorado who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Pepwave MAX BR1 Router With Embedded Verizon 3G/4G Modem at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Cutler F.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

I am a full time RVer. I have been looking for a solution to home-like performance for high speed internet. I've found it in Verizon's 4G service and the Pepwave router. The speed and reliability are astounding. Combined with an Apple TV connected to the LAN port on the router, I have the complete system. I connected the router to a Mobile Mark antenna. This combination utilizes the full potential of the system. Whenever there is WiFi, the system picks it up and channels it through. Because the the performance of the antenna, I can pick up WiFi more easily and with greater speeds. This is a magnificent set-up! Now if we can just get Verizon to open up unlimited data, I'd be set for life.


Cradlepoint ARC/MBR1400 Wan Affinity Load Balance features

Over the last year Cradlepoint has worked on their WAN Affinity algorithms to increase the control admins have over different WAN or cellular links across their network. These settings aren’t necessary if you just want the router to intelligently balance the load across multiple connections, but if you want specific traffic to only go to specific devices you’ll want to create WAN Affinity rules. Below you’ll find examples of each type of algorithm available and how these rules could benefit your company. 

Round Robin:

The default algorithm used within the ARC MBR1400 series is Round Robin. This requires no special configuration by the end user and is designed to evenly distribute each active session to available WAN connections. This means if you have three Internet WAN sources connected the load will be divided amongst each connection to help from oversaturating one specific WAN source. This is the ideal use for most users that don’t want to custom configure various policies within the router.

Rate:

The rate algorithm can be used to distribute a load based completely on upload and download rates. The best way to set this is to measure each WAN or cellular connections speed with an application like SpeedTest.net, which will give you average download and upload performance for each link. After you’ve determined what your average connections speeds are you can enter those values into the connection manager software. Any devices then specified within the Affinity rules will automatically get priority based on which data connection has the best download or upload performance. 

Please Note - The Rate algorithm is ideal for customers load balancing multiple USB or embedded cellular devices. Cellular connections have more variance in speed than traditional Cable/DSL modems.

Spillover:

The Spillover algorithm became available in firmware version 3.0 or above and the load is always given to the device with the most available bandwidth. This is done by estimating how much bandwidth is available by a combination of the upload and download configuration. Unlike the Rate algorithm the download & upload isn’t separated, but combined together to figure out which WAN or cellular link will be used for each task. This option would be great any company that is balancing the load against multiple Cable providers that typically offer similar throughput on both download and upload.

Data Usage:

The final algorithm is based around their Data Usage feature found under the Internet section of the admin interface. You must define approximately how much data each of your WAN or cellular links are allowed to use per month. After completing this step any device defined to use this algorithm will be get an Internet connection from an available WAN. As the data is used the router will make it’s best effort to create new client sessions as each new session occurs to help keep data consumption across all devices. This specific algorithm can be extremely useful for lower usage cellular connections where you want to make sure the load isn’t going to the faster card, but actually using both cards.


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AT&T Launches 12 new 4G LTE markets






AT&T has just announced the launch of 12 new markets now offering 4G LTE service. Customers in Durango, Colo.; Elmira, N.Y.; Fond du Lac, Appleton and Oshkosh, Wis.; Kauai, Hawaii; Poplar Bluff and Sikeston, Mo.; Pottsville, Pa.; Terre Haute, Ind.; Burley and Twin Falls, Idaho will now have access to 4G LTE service. This brings AT&T’s total market coverage to 488 markets across the U.S. covering 250 million POPs and 90% of mobile traffic now runs over the LTE network. They plan to have their LTE network completed by the summer of 2014 and customers in LTE enabled areas can expect to see roughly 5-12Mbps download and 2-5Mbps upload speeds on average.

Poor AT&T LTE signal? Get a 4G LTE repeater

Thursday, December 19, 2013

DISH looking to snag T-Mobile in 2014

Published reports on Wednesday evening are passing along the word that DISH will try to purchase the nation's fourth largest carrier in 2014.  Dish is in for a battle with Sprint, SoftBank now owns 78% of Sprint and they are looking to purchase T-Mobile.

No matter who bids for T-Mobile, the company will have to deal with Deutsche Telekom. The huge German carrier owns 67% of T-Mobile and there is speculation that DISH has already been talking with Deutsche Telekom. DISH has a market cap of $25 billion while T-Mobile is valued at $21 billion.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Sprint and Dish plan to trial fixed LTE residential service



OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S) and DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) announced today they plan to jointly develop and deploy a fixed wireless broadband service, on a trial basis, in Corpus Christi, TX that will be available in the middle of 2014. The service will initially be available in limited areas of Corpus Christi with a plan to expand into additional markets in the future.

Depending on a customer’s location, DISH will install either a ruggedized outdoor router or an indoor solution to deliver the best possible broadband service to that site. Both solutions will feature built-in high-gain antennas to receive the 4G TDD-LTE signal on Sprint’s 2.5 GHz spectrum.

“With millions underserved by inadequate broadband, the potential to bring a high-speed fixed wireless solution is very compelling to both DISH and Sprint,” said Tom Cullen, DISH executive vice president of Corporate Development. “We both bring distinct skills, not the least of which for DISH is a workforce of professional technicians who visit thousands of homes every day performing professional installations for both video and broadband.”

“This trial with DISH has great potential as it combines the key capabilities and assets of both companies to provide another option to customers with limited broadband access,” said Michael Schwartz, Sprint senior vice president of Corporate and Business Development. “

This demonstrates Sprint’s ongoing commitment to identify and develop new and innovative products and services that maximize the use and utility of our spectrum and flexible network infrastructure to the benefit of customers and shareholders.”

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Verizon Wireless Gains U.S. Cellular Spectrum

One of the largest U.S. mobile service providers, Verizon Wireless, has strengthened its hold on Americans by completing the acquisition of U.S. Cellular's wireless spectrum in Missouri. This makes Verizon's superfast LTE network available in more than 500 markets now, covering 97% of the U.S. population.

The 25 MHz Cellular A spectrum block, which is located in the rural areas of Missouri, will enhance Verizon’s presence in the south of St. Louis, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and Washington. Verizon will also win U.S. Cellular’s customers and get a hold of other related CDMA operations in the area - Financial details of the transaction have yet to be released.

The spectrum acquired by Big Red covers an area of 1,700 square miles and a population of 110,000. Verizon will keep U.S. Cellular’s brand name in the region until the network is compatible with Verizon’s nationwide LTE network (expected in mid 2014). This is Verizon’s second spectrum-related transaction with U.S. Cellular in more than two years after the firm entered into a spectrum swap deal in September 2011. The deal provided Verizon with eighteen 700 MHz spectrum licenses covering eight states.

Facebook Data Usage, video ads over cellular?

 
Recently FaceBook has been testing out video ads on their web and mobile app platforms. This causes videos in your feed to automatically play as well as show video ads directly in your newsfeed. The ads won’t play audio unless you click or tap your finger on them, but they also don’t care if you’re on WiFi or cellular when they start to download. As dynamic as FaceBook is with pictures and other video it was hard to pinpoint exactly how much data is often used in our “Monthly Data Usage Calculator?” article, and introducing autoplay video will cause usage to increase drastically. 

For users at home on wired broadband connections having a video autoplay isn’t a big deal with larger or no data caps, but wireless packages start at 2GB a month. For general web browsing and other activities like FaceBook won’t use a ton of data, but start autoplaying videos between every 5-10 news feeds and your consumption could grow exponentially. If you visit your Facebook app over cellular 3 times a day and encounter three autoplay 30 second videos at 1MB each (rough estimate) that’s approximately 9MB per day or 270MB a month. On a 2GB cellular starter package that accounts for about 13% of your data allotment from “AutoPlay” FaceBook video ads with no way to disable. 

The numbers we used as an example, according to Mashable Smartphone users visit FaceBook an average of 14 times a day. Using the same 1MB example autoplay video ads would equate to a whopping 1.26GB per month if you encounter three autoplay video’s each time you launched the application. This means if you’re on a base 2GB cellular package you’d now be using roughly 61% of your cellular connection to watch autoplay video ads that you would otherwise completely avoid.
How to disable autoplay via cellular on your Smartphone?


iOS Users - Go to settings -> Facebook -> Settings -> Tap Auto-play on WiFi only


Android users - Open FaceBook -> Open Settings -> Check Auto-Play videos on WiFi only 

Please Note - There is no way to completely disable autoplay ads. For users using cellular WiFi routers at home the applications won’t know the difference and it will eat into your monthly data consumption. 

Disclaimer - Data Usage used in this article is based off a 30 second video using approximately 1MB of data. Depending on your connection speed this number could be more or less based on video quality. Usage will vary greatly depending on how often you visit FaceBook and how many video ads you’re forced to watch.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sprint launches 70 new 4G LTE Markets

Sprint launches 70 new 4G LTE Markets 

 
Over the last year Sprint has been playing catch up with Verizon and AT&T who already offer pretty impressive 4G LTE coverage throughout the country. Today Sprint announced that they’ve just added 70 new markets with 4G LTE. Major cities like Orlando, FL; San Diego, CA; and St. Louis, MO are featured press release with the full list of market coverage. The latest launch gives them LTE in 300 markets across the country and continues to grow as “Sprint Spark” gets deployed to more areas. Customers in areas upgraded with Sprint Spark could see speeds reach up to 60Mbps down across their Tri-Band enabled devices. For an in depth look at Sprint coverage visit http://3gstore.com/coverage
 
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FRAUD ALERT

A customer placed an order on our site during a weekend in July, shipping to a parcel forwarding company, www.shopandship.com.  The address on the order was unusual so our fraud department did some investigation.

Then we were hit with a chargeback in November.  We attempted to contact the forwarder several times by phone, Email, Facebook to verify that this customer is registered with their service, with no success.  The automated call system placed calls on hold for several minutes then disconnected or menu choices proved unable to reach anyone.  We were able to leave a voicemail on one attempt but never heard back, and subsequent calls were disconnected after being on hold

Due to fraud, our company is no longer shipping any packages to “Shop and Ship” at 182 21 150th Avenue Springfield Gardens, NY 11413

Friday, December 13, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Thomas S. For Writing Review of a Cellphone-Mate 65db Adjustable Gain Tri-Flex 4G-V Wireless Amplifier for Verizon 3G/4G [700V/800/1900MHz]

Congrats to Thomas S. of Cicero, New York who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cellphone-Mate 65db Adjustable Gain Tri-Flex 4G-V Wireless Amplifier for Verizon 3G/4G [700V/800/1900MHz] at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Thomas S.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

As long as it keeps working, it's impressive. Verizon MiFi went from -93dB to -36dB... that's like 7 bars!. Much improved over the other models. Better power supply, adjustable gain, with auto shutoff protection makes it much less fragile than previous models( AND BRANDS) that I've used.


Sprint Looking to buy up T-Mobile

According to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, Sprint is looking in to the possibility of buying out T-Mobile. This would obviously create one larger carrier capable of competing with Verizon and AT&T.

According to WSJ, it’s the CEO of Japanese carrier, Softbank who’s wanting to drive the move. Of course, Softbank recently bought 80% of Sprint stock, placing the carrier under Softbank’s ownership. The Japanese firm has also purchased a $1.26 billion slice of Brightstar and grabbed a large chunk of Finnish game-maker, Supercell for $1.5 billion. Softbank are clearly not shy about spending money.

There are two big questions here. Firstly, with T-Mobile’s position in the market strengthening, is it really in its best interest to sell up? Secondly, as mentioned already, would the governing bodies allow the move?

T-Mobile no longer needs to sell. Its customer base has grown tremendously over the past 9 months and it’s raised $3 billion of its own cash through stock and debt sales in order to expand and acquire spectrum.
 
Peplink has just announced an update to their Router Utility application for users that have upgraded to Android 4.4 on their Smartphones. The application allows you to quickly see the status of your routers deployed out in the field. Push notifications can be set up to alert you when the system has started up, WAN connections have went down/up and if your SpeedFusion VPN connections are up or down. In addition GPS enabled devices like the Max BR1 and Max HD2 series support GPS locations directly from the app interface so you can quickly see exactly where your units are. The application is a freed download available for Android and iOS users. Be sure to download this to receive push notifications and quickly monitor throughput, bandwidth usage and more right from your mobile devices!

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T-Mobile LTE arrives to Dallas

According to All Things D T-Mobile has recently tapped into MetroPCS’s spectrum in order to boost LTE speeds in Dallas, Tx. T-Mobile was able to use a 20x20Mhz channel to give Dallas customers improved capacity and faster speeds. As of now North Dallas is where you’ll see the improved speeds, but T-Mobile plans to deploy network upgrades to 90 percent of the top 25 U.S. markets. At this time they don’t have a set timeframe for the upgrades but plan to combine their own spectrum with AWS spectrum acquired after their acquisition of MetroPCS. The race for the fastest 4G LTE network continues with Verizon already launching AWS LTE bands and Sprint talking about deploying more 2.5Ghz LTE markets to increase capacity and average throughput. 

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Sprint CEO promises 150-180Mbps from LTE upgrades



Recently Sprint CEO DAN Hesse has decided to set their LTE network apart from Verizon and AT&T. In Chicago they’ve already combined their 800/1900 and 2.5Ghz bands to help give more capacity and speed to users. The real world speeds on these devices claim around 50-60Mbps throughput and Sprint could eventually use 60Mhz of the 2.5Ghz channel to further increase speed. If they applied carrier aggregation and implemented the full 120Mhz of their 2.5Ghz spectrum real world speeds could average 150-180Mbps. This push by Sprint is likely caused by Verizon and AT&T who have recently started using larger 20x20 LTE channels to compensate for increased user load giving customers faster average speeds.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sprint improves 3G and 4G LTE coverage in Chicago

CHICAGO (BUSINESS WIRE), December 10, 2013 - Sprint (NYSE: S) invites Chicagoland wireless users to try its improved 3G and all-new 4G LTE network, which now includes Sprint Spark™ – a unique combination of network technologies that can deliver super-fast wireless speeds with the potential to surpass speeds of any other U.S. wireless carrier. As part of Sprint’s Network Vision program, the company undertook a massive initiative to “rip and replace” equipment from its 38,000 cell sites across the country. This campaign has largely been completed in Chicago and the company expects Chicagoans to experience the benefits of a much more robust, reliable network.
The new and improved network is expected to deliver a better voice and data wireless experience where calls, texting, uploading photos and surfing the Web occur most -- sports arenas, major thoroughfares, shopping destinations and business districts throughout the area. 

The new network allows Sprint’s residential and commercial customers to take advantage of a huge array of benefits and a seemingly unlimited supply of smartphone apps with what the company calls the Sprint Unlimited Guarantee. The Sprint Unlimited Guarantee is available with either the company’s Unlimited, My WaySM or its My All-inSM plan, two plans which give customers unlimited talk, text and data while on the Sprint network, guaranteed for the life of the line of service1. 

“Sprint’s investment in upgrading our network infrastructure has required a massive team of dedicated engineers and technicians to systematically install new, modern 3G and 4G LTE-capable equipment,” said Bob Azzi, Sprint chief network officer. “This process involved equipping Sprint cell towers in the Chicago area with state-of-the-art network technology. It took us more than a year to complete and, although there have been some service interruptions, we expect our customers will find the improved Sprint wireless experience worth it.” 

Sprint Spark available in Chicago:
 
Sprint is also prepared going forward to allow its Chicago customers to take full advantage of wireless video and many of today’s other cutting-edge technologies in Chicagoland with Sprint Spark. Introduced on Oct. 30, Sprint Spark combines spectrum capacity and advanced network technologies and is expected to deliver a seamless tri-band LTE experience, including wireless peak speeds of 50-60 Megabits per second today on capable devices, with increasing speed potential over time. Given Sprint’s spectrum and technology assets, it is technically feasible to deliver more than 2Gbps per sector of over-the-air speed.2 Sprint Spark enhanced LTE greatly improves today’s wireless experience while paving the way for countless next-generation wireless applications on capable tri-band LTE devices. 

Today, wireless networks and smartphones allow customers to book flights, locate children, store photos and music, video chat and so much more. Sprint Spark has the potential to make possible not only those increasingly common uses of network technology, but also high-end gaming, virtual reality, advanced cloud services and those kinds of applications that are going to require higher and even more concentrated levels of wireless bandwidth in the future. 

Sprint plans to deploy Sprint Spark in about 100 of America’s largest cities during the next three years, with availability today in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Tampa and Miami. For 4G LTE maps, visit http://3gstore.com/coverage. Customers, consumers and members of the media are encouraged to check back regularly as all maps will be updated and revised as the network’s coverage expands.
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Verizon launches more 4G AWS LTE upgrades





Earlier this year Verizon Wireless quietly launched 4G LTE on their 1700/2100Mhz AWS bands in New York City and Los Angeles California. With an unloaded network reports quickly came in as AWS enabled devices were hitting as high as 80Mbps download and 15Mbps upload. Recently Verizon has launched AWS LTE in “dozens” of major cities like Atlanta, Boston, Seattle and Washington D.C. to help improve capacity. In larger cities they don’t have enough 700Mhz frequency available and deploying additional AWS LTE helps offset the load so speeds will continue to average 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps for all customers. Verizon is also nearing in on their goal of covering their entire 3G network with 4G LTE and now has over 96% of their network covered with 4G LTE.

Weak Verizon LTE service? Get a 4G LTE Repeater

Monday, December 09, 2013

AT&T strikes deal with Rogers on LTE Roaming in Canada

AT&T subscribers no longer have to worry about giving up 4G speeds when crossing into Canada. The carrier has just unveiled a roaming deal with Rogers that will provide quick LTE data anywhere the Canadian provider has compatible coverage. AT&T recommends that customers sign up for one of its international data roaming plans before traveling. Rates start at $30 per month for 120MB of data.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Congrats to 3Gstore Customer Stephen S. For Writing Review of a Cellphone-Mate 3-Watt Verizon 4G LTE Direct Connect Amplifier - CM700V-32 [700Vmhz ONLY]

Congrats to Stephen S. of Excelsior Springs, Missouri who just won a $25.00 Restaurant.com gift code for writing a review for Cellphone-Mate 3-Watt Verizon 4G LTE Direct Connect Amplifier - CM700V-32 [700Vmhz ONLY] at 3Gstore.com! Every week we randomly pick one product review from the previous week and award the writer a $25.00 gift code. We appreciate ALL the reviews our customers write, whether they are positive or negative - honest reviews like Stephen S.\'s help other customers decide if the product is right for them. After you purchase a product from 3Gstore.com, we encourage you to log in and 3Gstore.com and leave a review letting people know how the product worked for you - you'll be helping others, and you'll automatically be entered to win a restaurant.com gift code!.

This amp is as good as they decribe.After being run around by Verizon on my 4g coverage where I live I finally got 4g and hook up my amp. I went from a 103dbm to a 79dbm. I live in a rural area which is extended coverage by Verizon and also the signal is weak coming to my home from there cell tower.My speed went from 65mpbs to 73mpbs. I am happy with its performance.


Microsoft's Cybercrime Center Works with FBI to Combat Malware

Malware called the Sirefef botnet (aka ZeroAccess) recently targeted search results on search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo in an attempt to steal money from online advertising companies. ZeroAccess only affects devices running Windows and it does so by hijacking search results and downloading malware onto infected systems. Almost 2 million computers were infected, which clicked on as many as 48 ads an hour. Even though it is technically a robot doing the clicking, advertisers are paying fees for fake clicks. Microsoft says the attack has been estimated to cost advertisers $2.7 million each month.

Now, Microsoft is working with both the FBI and the agency's European counterpart, European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), to disrupt the botnet malware. As of today, they reported it has been 'successfully disrupted.' Adding that, "Today’s action is expected to significantly disrupt the botnet’s operation, increasing the cost and risk for cybercriminals to continue doing business and preventing victims’ computers from committing fraudulent schemes."

In an earlier press release, Microsoft cited research done by the University of California, San Diego. This research found that 1.9 million computers were infected with ZeroAccess in October and more than 800,000 ZeroAccess infected computers are active on the Internet every day. In a related statement, FBI Executive Assistant Director Richard McFeely said, “If the hacker community has not yet taken notice, today’s disruption of the ZeroAccess botnet is another example of the power of public-private partnerships. It demonstrates our commitment to expand coordination with companies like Microsoft and our foreign law enforcement partners — in this case, Europol — to shut down malicious cyberattacks and hold cybercriminals accountable for exploiting our citizens’ and businesses’ computers.”

For more information on Microsoft's Cybercrime Center, watch this video interview with Microsoft's Assistant General Counsel Richard Boscovich.

Verizon Wireless VoLTE coming 2014

Verizon Wireless indicated that it plans to launch VoLTE service next year. As recently as October 8, Verizon said that VoLTE handsets and service would launch this year.  Verizon Wireless now has more than 500 markets covering more than 303 million people in 50 states, or 95 percent of the U.S. population

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Time Warner and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE on the same 700 MHz Band causes conflicts

Time Warner Cable recently placed some channels, on the same spot in the broadband spectrum that serves Verizon's 4G LTE data service. Those with phones on the Verizon network are most likely to see the interference.

In June, Verizon finished the rollout of 4G LTE in the 700 MHz band of spectrum. It is the only wireless carrier using that part of the spectrum in Raleigh NC. Time Warner uses that same spectrum for some channels in the Triangle, so when a 4G device and a cable box are in the same room, they can come into conflict.

Cable boxes lack the kind of shielding to block interference from other devices, and the LTE phones create the interference inside the set-top boxes whenever the user checks email, sends a text or a tweet, posts a Facebook update or surfs the Internet. It can even happen when no one is using the phone, officials said, as the phone is often doing background communications over the LTE network.

 "We apologize for the inconvenience and are working on a solution that will resolve this problem definitively in the coming weeks," Time Warner said in a statement.

Time Warner officials said such "hyper-local interference" might be resolved simply by taking the phone to another room. People also can put their phones on airplane mode. That solves the interference with TV, but they won't be able to use their phones until switching back.
Another solution involves turning off the 4G service and using Wi-Fi to access the Internet.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Today's Raffles at 3Gstore: Pepwave Surf SOHO, Wilson Sleek 4G-U, & Apple iPad Air - Enter Now!

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3Gstore is giving away daily prizes throughout our Black Friday sale! There will be at least one winner every day from Wednesday 11/27 through Tuesday 12/3. Entering is easy: if you place an order at 3Gstore.com today, you are automatically entered in today's raffle AND the grand prize raffle, which is a 64GB Apple iPad Air!

We have multiple prizes on Monday 12/2! We will have a total of SIX winners: 3 x Pepwave Surf SOHO 3G/4G Routers ($149.99 value!), 2 x Wilson Sleek 4G-U Cradle Amplifiers ($239.95 value!), and the GRAND PRIZE of the 64GB Apple iPad Air ($699 value!).

No purchase is necessary - to enter without purchasing, simply go to 3Gstore.com/raffle/ and enter your name and email address. Good Luck!


Monday's winners: Henry H, Zed G., Bob M., Jimmy D; and M. E.

GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Mark C. of Denton, MD

Congratulations! 



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NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Raffle is open only to legal residents of the 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia who are the age of majority in their respective jurisdiction at the time of entry (19+ in AL and NE and 18+ in all other states). Begins at 12:00 a.m. CST on November 26, 2013 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. on December 2, 2013.

Amazon Prime Air


Yesterday Amazon announced “something amazing”.  The ability of your Amazon order to be delivered within 30 minutes of your order being placed.  Using unmanned drones, Amazon will deliver your package within 30 minutes of placing your order.  Is this science fiction?  Nope, check it out here.  Watch the video and here are the problems with drone delivery:


Problems with Amazon Prime Air:


  • Apartment Buildings - not going to be able to drop the package by the front door
  • Condos - same as apartments
  • Businesses - same as apartments
  • Signature required packages
  • items heavier than 5 lbs
  • What about weather issues like rain, snow, wind, hail?  My UPS/FedEx driver can deliver packages when the weather is horrible
    Power Lines?
  • What about the cost of that plastic shipping box, gotta cost a ton more than a simple brown box
  • What about “Beware of Dog” signs, what about power lines, towers?  If this relies 100% on GPS, those can be problems.
  • What about if I am within a few miles of an airport?
  • What happens if I am not home and the bad guys are out looking in the sky following drones that drop off packages, so they can scoop them up
  • Will they deliver when the ship and bill to are not the same?
  • The cost for this will be incredibly high.  Assume a single drone can deliver up to 30 packages a day?  Do you know how many of these things Amazon would need and the space for all of them to take off and land for a large metro area?



Getting a small item within 30 minutes might be necessary for some (instant gratification), but is it really necessary?  I will stick with dealing with my UPS/FedEx driver - as they know me and I know them.